Ex-Arsenal & Real Madrid striker retires from football
EPL By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 24/05/2019
Former Arsenal and Real Madrid striker Julio Baptista has retired from football at the age of 37, after making the announcement on his social media handle.The Brazilian star ho won two Copa America titles and the same number in FIFA Confederations Cup but 2004 La Liga Breakthrough Player of the Year has been with struggling injuries since last year.Baptista took his Twitter official handle to announce he is hanging his boot by saying it is time to start a new life: "After more than 20 years in the football elite, it is time to step aside and announce that I have decided to end my career as a player,”
Baptista, who began his career as a defensive midfielder with Sao Paulo in 2000, had spells with Sevilla, Real Madrid, Arsenal, Roma, Malaga, Cruzeiro, Orlando City and CFR Cluj.He won the Spanish league title with Real Madrid in 2008, a year after spending time on loan at the Emirates, where he netted 10 times in 35 matches and he also won 47 for Brazil, the last playing for his country at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
Después de más de 20 años en la élite del fútbol es momento de dar un paso a un lado y anunciar que he decidido finalizar mi carrera como jugador. Comienzo una nueva vida, y quiero mostrar mi agradecimiento a todos los que han hecho posible que cumpliera mi sueño. Gracias a todos pic.twitter.com/SkQQPlOk8s— Júlio Baptista (@J_Baptista81) May 23, 2019